Jan Hankins to exhibit at Gallery Fifty Six in September
By Richard Kendrickson
Memphis artist Jan Hankins will present his new work in an exhibition titled Parsimone’s Flotsam at Gallery Fifty Six during the month of September. The subjects of these paintings are based on objects that Hankins has found and picked up over time along the beaches of Florida, in the Pickwick Forest by his mother’s home, from the streets of Memphis, and elsewhere.
Jan Hankins describes these paintings as studies for a series of paintings that he calls Parsimone – 10th Muse. Hankins explains, “This trim, frugal goddess has her stingy hand on the throttle. Her “lex parsimoniae” brings the simple solution to a complicated life. She’s a hard muse to follow when you’re bent on stuffing the canvas with every bit of detritus from beach to street. Nothing goes to waste: shells, clinkers, jacks, roots, and rocks from decades of combing the ground – roots on velvet, shells on sky, coral on foil, flotsam on jetsam – my own private islands.”
Jan Hankins is a native Memphian who studied painting at the Art Academy, now the Memphis College of Art. Hankins has exhibited at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Brooks Museum of Art. He is also a talented professional sign painter who has created many of the business signs in the Cooper-Young area.
This exhibition will be on display during the month of September. There will be an artist’s reception on September 9, from 5 to 8pm at Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central Avenue. The public is invited to this free event. You may contact the gallery at 901-276-1251.